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Buemi on Pole in New York; Vergne’s Times Disallowed

Sebastien Buemi claims pole as championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne to start last…

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Sebastien Buemi has stormed to pole for this afternoon’s New York City E-Prix, in the final weekend for Renault in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Buemi reeled off a 1:13.911 in his e.dams-run Renault Z.E 17 to claim his 10th career pole.

The Frenchman edged out Mitch Evans by 0.554 seconds, with the Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver set to roll off from second on the grid for the first race of the double-header weekend in Brooklyn.

Nicolas Prost, in his final race weekend with e.dams, will start third, followed by Dragon Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio, who made Super Pole for the second consecutive race.

A mistake for Daniel Abt, who rolled off last in the shootout, relegated the German to a fifth place start.

Nelson Piquet Jr. will start from sixth on the grid, as the first to have missed Super Pole, followed by Dragon’s Jose Maria Lopez and the pair of Venturi entries from Maro Engel and Tom Dillmann in eighth and ninth, respectively.

Vergne, Lotterer’s Times Disallowed

Despite setting the two quickest times in qualifying, championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne and his Techeetah teammate Andre Lotterer were both knocked out of Super Pole due to power-related infractions.

Both of the TECHEETAH Renault Z.E. 17s were deemed by officials to have had maximum power overuse in the Group 1 and 2 sessions, respectively, and had all of their times from the sessions disallowed.

It’s understood the infraction was related to an updated code issued by the team for reliability purposes.

As a result, the Frenchman will roll off from last on the grid, compared to title rival Sam Bird, who qualified 14th.

Only 19 cars are expected to take the start, after NIO driver Oliver Turvey sustained a broken hand from an accident in Practice 2.

The New York E-Prix gets underway at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with live coverage on FOX.

RESULTS: Qualifying

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of e-racing365. Dagys, who launched the industry-leading Sportscar365 in 2013, spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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